3 Keys Tips to Avoid Back to Work Engine Failure!

It’s easy to feel under powered when returning to work after a break, no matter whether it’s 3 days or 3 weeks. It’s difficult to get the momentum up and the engine revving again!

And often there’s resentment and frustration, your heart’s not in it…and maybe random, out of control thoughts are starting to take hold in your mind…thoughts of getting out of the industry, or going back to do whatever seems easier…and you find yourself questioning what you’re doing.

This is quite normal after a break, after your system has had a chance to wind down a bit. And sure, it felt good to chill out with family and friends, with little care or worry other than what you’d fire up on the BBQ for dinner or planning the day’s fishing, golf or family excursion.

Here are 3 key tips to avoid back to work engine failure:

  1. Accept you’re not going to get back up to full speed immediately!

And really, do you want to be racing at that high powered, high revving pitch straight off the starting line? Remember what it was like prior to your break…that top speed was probably creating over-corrections, burnouts, and blowouts!

So, acknowledge and accept that it’s much healthier and better in the long run to get back into pole position gradually, to build up endurance and performance.

2. Plan your race with attention to the critical things!

Often your checklist of things to do at this stage of the year is way too long for the start of racing. Cull out the items that aren’t going to make a difference on the track and focus on doing the critical activities/tasks that actually get you over the line.

Too much to do and no real chance of completion will mess with your mind and only add to those feelings of “I’d rather be somewhere else!”.

And focus on the things that will get you off to a great start – your diet, sleep and exercise, and your relationships.

3. Remind yourself of your track record!

Sometimes at the beginning of one year it’s easy to find last year has become a distant memory…the success you achieved, the seasonal festivities enjoyed together, the great compliments you received from satisfied clients and customers.

Every time your mind starts to stress on what you’ve got to do or how much you’re responsible for, stop for a moment, take a couple of deep breaths and bring to mind one situation, one moment from last year, that gave you a lot of personal satisfaction. And notice how more relaxed you feel.

Life can feel like an out-of-control race at any stage of the year. Remember that preparation is the key and being race-fit takes some planning as you get back in the driver’s seat. By preparing well and taking care of yourself particularly in these early stages, you can manoeuvre with more ease, more skill, as the pace picks up. This is paramount to avoiding any potential high-speed crashes throughout the year.

About the Author:

Linda Wells – The Business Stress Specialist

Linda is a speaker, trainer and mentor. Over the past 14 years, she has inspired and educated men and women to lead, communicate and respond more effectively to avoid overwhelm, reduce stress and increase productivity, success and enjoyment. Linda is the author of the book ‘Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success’, packed full of practical strategies, communication tools and techniques, available at: www.transformingyourstressintobusinesssuccess.com